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Looking Back – Wasaga Beach

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In the early days after tourists discovered the beauty of Wasaga Beach, parking wasn’t a problem – people just drove their cars right onto the sand! Photos from the early 1900s show cars and buses lined up along the water’s edge as far as the eye can see.

And those weren’t the only vehicles on the beach. Airplanes also used it for take-offs and landings. In 1934, Wasaga Beach made history when a plane called the “Trail of the Caribou” took off for the first-ever overseas flight from Canada using the fourteen-kilometre beach as a runway.

Vehicles were allowed on the beach right up till 1975, the year after Wasaga Beach officially became a town. Today the beach is as popular as ever, but the cars stay in the parking lots.

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